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Archibald Smith Plantation Home

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Address: 935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827
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+1 770-641-3978
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Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home...

Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home constructed by one of the town's founding fathers, Archibald Smith. In 1838, the Smith family and nearly 30 of their slaves left their two plantations in St. Marys, along the southern coast of Georgia, to make a new start with some 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell Town Square. What this well-to-do 19th Century farming family did not realize when they constructed their home was that it would be preserved by their descendants as an untouched treasure of southern history.

For over 150 years, the Smith's Plantation Home has stood the test of time as The Civil War was brought to its front steps, and all around it, the small mill village of Roswell erupted into a bustling metropolitan suburb. Perfectly preserved are the Smiths two-story farm house, complete with outbuildings, including slave quarters, a cook house, corn crib, barn, carriage house, well, and spring house.

Three generations of the Archibald Smith family lived in this home and saved all of their belongings, large and small, important and trivial, broken or whole. The home and grounds have become one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in the region.

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Quick , easy and inexpensive plantation tour

Small plantation near Canton street. Easy to take in on a day you are trying to get a lot in. Tour the plantation and grounds , walk around Canton and have lunch all in about 2... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Small plantation near Canton street. Easy to take in on a day you are trying to get a lot in. Tour the plantation and grounds , walk around Canton and have lunch all in about 2 1/2 hours. Interesting plantation history.

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Mableton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Matt was very interesting and knowledgable. There were many things like the hoop dress that I enjoyed seeing. I would recommend seeing all three houses because they all very interesting if you like history and old items. Brought back memories for my friend with their old TVs so great for senior citizens

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

The tour guide is great with young kids! The history of the house and family is amazing and very interesting!!! Definitely recommend going!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

If you are looking to visit a plantation with authentic time period pieces that were owned by the Smith family, this is a must visit. Many of the original buildings are still intact and all the furniture is from the family. Very cool historical visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

A good tour. Michael did a great job. We enjoyed it. We wish more was known about the personalities of the family.

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Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We have been to other Historic Home Tours, but this was one of the best. The house was nice, but the best part was the presentation and information. We had a fairly large group, and they handled us very well. Should be on your must-see list if in Roswell!

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Ogden, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The tours are on the hour, so we just walked around the grounds. The signage is very good. It was quite interesting to learn about the plantation.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We went here on a fall morning when my parents came to town. Very well done and very well preserved.

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Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Every year at the holidays we visit the Archibald Smith Plantation Home and it's always new and interesting. The rooms in the home are decorated differently every year, and it's always beautiful and for the most part, true to the period (a few modern ornaments, etc.). Every time we go we learn more about the interesting history of the family... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

An hour long time travel around the grounds, through various farm buildings that contain artifacts, & the plantation style home that all depict life with the Smith family from the early 1900s up through 1994. It was a wonderful tour, place to visit, staff & opportunity to walk through life in the American South. Loved everything about the place and... More 

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